Kamryn Pettway wanted to return to Auburn for another year to take care of some unfinished business.
The attention the bruising rusher is receiving continued on Thursday morning, when Pettway was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.
The Prattville, Ala., native is one of 61 players, including 13 from the Southeastern Conference, listed. Last season Pettway totaled 1,224 yards in just ten games after bursting onto the scene as a sophomore.
As Pettway climbed to the top of the nation’s rushing leaders his name was dropped in Heisman conversations, but a couple of late season injuries slowed his momentum.
Auburn received the good news that Pettway would return for his junior season in the middle of December.
The Tigers have a history of producing outstanding running backs, but no Auburn player has ever won the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top running back.
The winner of the Doak Walker Award will be announced during the Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 7 (ESPN) and will be handed over on Feb. 16, 2018.